Building bridges for the future through collaborative projects
In high school, I think that the most important thing someone can experience is failure. For students who have always had an easy time at school, failure is the most important thing they can experience to be ready for college. I have never had a difficult time in school, but now that I’m attending lectures at UW Madison, and doing college-level homework, I realized that the one teacher who ever failed me at something, (Ms. Bohler, sixth grade) was the teacher who had best prepared me for college. After that I changed some habits, which ultimately lead to me developing a work ethic that worked for a while. I have since fallen out of those habits, and my current habits are hitting me very hard with the new, more challenging work. I think that encouraging students to take higher level classes, or using advisory time to give students a taste of more challenging classes would be very beneficial to preparing students to face failure, which is nearly inevitable when taking your first college classes.